First-year coach Steve Addazio injects energy, passion into BC program
Is in his 34th year coaching, his 19th as a defensive coordinator and his third as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Boston College
Regarded as one of the nation's premier coaches and defensive strategists, was nominated for the Broyles Award honoring the top assistant in college football in 2013 and 2014
Instrumental to a program that achieved seven wins in 2013 and advanced to the AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl on the heels of a 2-10 campaign in 2012; the five-win improvement tied for fourth-best in the FBS
Led BC to second-best rushing defense in the nation (94.5 yards/game) and the 11th-best total defense in the country (324.2 yards/game), good for third in the conference, in 2014 as the Eagles notched seven wins for the second consecutive season
Guided the Eagles to allow 21.3 points per game in 2014, third best in the conference and 21st in the nation
Coordinated the 2013 Eagle defense to finish among the nation's leaders in sacks (21st in nation, fifth in conference with 36), tackles for loss (30th in nation, eighth in conference with 88) and red zone defense (30th in nation, third in conference)
Orchestrated a 600 percent increase in team sack production (36 sacks) and nearly a 200 percent increase in team tackles for loss production (88 tackles for loss) in first season as defensive coordinator at the Heights
In his second season, the BC defense recorded 33 sacks (tied for 33rd in the nation and fifth in the ACC) -- including five in the victory over No. 9 Southern California -- and 74 tackles for loss (tied for 26 in the country and tied for fifth in the conference)
Spent 12 seasons as a head coach at three institutions - Plymouth State (1993-95), Northeastern (2000-03) and Massachusetts (2004-08); compiled a combined career record of 95-45 as a collegiate head coach
Came to the Heights after serving as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Connecticut for two seasons (2011-12).
Spearheaded a Connecticut defense that ranked among the nation's best in several statistical categories during his two-year tenure - yards per game allowed (10th, 309.9 ypg, 2012), scoring defense (22nd, 19.8 ppg, 2012), rushing defense (fourth, 85.7 ypg, 2011) sacks (13th, 2.8, 2011) and tackles for loss (19th, 7.3, 2011)
Coached four defensive players at Connecticut that were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft - CB Dwayne Gratz (third round; Jacksonville), LB Sio Moore (third round; Oakland), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Tennessee) and DE Trevardo Williams (fourth round; Houston).
Served as defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Maryland for two seasons (2009-10). At Maryland, the defense improved significantly in nearly every statistical category. The Terps ended 2010 ranked No. 38 nationally in scoring defense, No. 39 in total defense, No. 21 in rushing defense, ninth in pass efficiency defense and tied for 18th in turnovers gained.
Went 43-19 as head coach at Massachusetts from 2004-08; guided the Minutemen to their best five-year span in program history (.694 win percentage).
Led the Minutemen to consecutive NCAA FCS postseason berths, consecutive conference titles and a 23-5 combined record from 2006-07; team captured the 2006 Atlantic 10 title with a perfect 8-0 record, won a school-record 12 games in a row, finished 13-2 and advanced to the national championship game.
Earned American Football Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year honors in 2006; also earned Atlantic 10 and New England Coach of the Year honors that season
Led Northeastern to a combined record of 27-20 in four seasons as head coach (2000-03); went 18-7 in his last two seasons leading the Huskies, including a 10-3 record and the school's lone appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2002; earned Atlantic 10 and New England Coach of the Year honors that season
Served as defensive coordinator at Massachusetts during the 1998 and 1999 seasons; helped guide the Minutemen to two of the best seasons in school history as the 1998 team posted an overall record of 12-3 and won the Division I-AA national championship.
Served as the defensive coordinator at Brown University for two years (1996-97).
Went 25-6 (.806 win percentage) as head coach at Plymouth State from 1993-95; led the Panthers to a pair of Division III playoff appearances.
Prior to his time at Plymouth State he was the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1984-86) and Yale (1987-92) and an assistant coach at Mansfield (Pa.) University (1983).
Began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Dartmouth in 1982 after five seasons (1977-1982) at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt.
Starred at running back at Norwich University from 1973-76
Earned a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in 1977
A member of the Norwich University Hall of Fame
Earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996
A native of Spencer, Mass.
NOTABLE PROFESSIONALS COACHED
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Boston College), Seattle Seahawks
2013 Walter Camp Conn. Player of the Year, All-ACC first-team honoree as a senior; 4th round selection (Seattle) in 2014 NFL Draft
DB Nolan Carroll (Maryland), Miami Dolphins
Fifth round selection of Miami in the 2010 NFL Draft
WR Victor Cruz (Massachusetts), NY Giants
2012 Pro Bowl selection; Super Bowl XLVI champion; NY Giants record holder for single-season receiving yards
James Ihedigbo (Massachusetts), Baltimore
Super Bowl XLVII champion; Two-time AFC champion (2011, 2012); Consensus I-AA All-American (2006)